Native American Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

With the history of the United States being so entwined with Native Americans and their customs, it is understandable that many people have a love affair with all things Native American. Many people identify themselves as having Native American heritage and want to honor that heritage by naming their family’s companion a name that is inspired by Native American culture. When searching for a Native American inspired name for your new puppy, take the time to learn the customs and meanings behind each name you are considering. This name will become a testimony of your acceptance of Native American culture. 

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Native American Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Any size or breed of dog can be given a Native American inspired name. However, most people would typically think of a large dog, perhaps looking a bit wolf, like to have such a name. No matter the breed or size of your new pooch, finding a name that is inspired by Native American culture or customs should not give you a headache. If your ancestors can be traced back to a certain tribe, you may start your search by looking at names associated with that tribe. Some people choose to name their new puppy after a certain tribe or famous chief. Apache, Comanche, Navajo and Cherokee are very popular names, as is Cochise or Pontiac. Some people may also decide to shorten these tribal names for smaller dogs, such as Kee, Chee or Jo instead of using the full name. The meaning of the name may also influence your decision. Some meanings may not be appealing to you or your family, whereas other names and meanings may be just the right fit. Whatever Native American inspired dog name you decide to name your puppy, you can almost guarantee it will be a hit with those at the dog park. 

Male Native American Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
8
Lakota
A tribe that is part of the Sioux nation
7
Honi
Arapaho for wolf
5
Geronimo
Famous Apache chief
5
Hanska
Sioux word meaning tall
5
Maka
Sioux word for earth
5
Kawa
Apache word for great
5
Buck
Many Native American men chose this name as their American name
5
Kiche
The sky spirit of the Cree
5
Tantaka
Lakota word for buffalo
4
Dakota
A friend or ally
4
Akikta
To work with determination
4
Pontiac
Odawa war chief
4
Elan
Strong like a tree
4
Nashoba
Choctaw word that means wolf
3
Comanche
Tribe found throughout the Great Plains
3
Chaska
The first born son
3
Cochise
Famous chief; a type of wood
3
Hosa
Little raven or young crow
3
Ute
The tribe found in the Great Basin
2
Kentucky
The land of tomorrow
1
Matto
A brave warrior
0
Tahoma
Navajo for water’s edge
0
Wazi
A Lakota god known as the wizard
-1
Mahaska
White cloud; perfect for an all white dog
-1
Shaman
The tribal medicine man
-2
Koda
Partners or allies
-2
Koko
Blackfoot for night
-2
Yuma
Navajo meaning song of the chief
-3
Apache
Group of tribes found throughout the southwest
-3
Zuni
Southwestern tribe that was artistic

Female Native American Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Chenoa
White dove
6
Navajo
Tribe that was located in the southwest
5
Pocahontas
Famous guide; means playful woman
5
Shoshone
Native American tribe located throughout the north
4
Poloma
Choctaw word for bow
4
Dyani
To be smart and fast like a deer
3
Talulah
Leaping water in Choctaw
3
Ayita
The first to dance
3
Una
Hopi for remember
2
Catori
She is a spirit
2
Cheyenne
A tribe of the Great Plains
1
Kansas
The people of the south wind
1
Kiowa
Tribe in the south; means the hills are brown
1
Miki
Inuit for little
0
Aiyana
Eternal blossom
0
Sioux
A group of tribes also known as the First Peoples
0
Leotie
Flower of the prairie
0
Kayah
She may be little but she is wise
0
Ama
Cherokee for water
0
Lulu
Hopi word for rabbit
0
Tiva
Hopi word for dance
0
Kasa
Means dressed in fur
-1
Kaliska
Coyote chasing a deer
-1
Sacagawea
Guide who led Lewis and Clark
-2
Winona
Sioux for first daughter
-3
Anevay
Cherokee word for superior
-3
Cherokee
Dawn or perfect time; name of a powerful tribe
-3
Dena
Valley or she is in the valley
-3
Nita
Bear or like a bear
-3
Mansi
Hopi for plucked flower

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